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Description: Beautifully illustrated expeditions searching for ancient Egyptian antiquities

CAILLIAUD, Frédéric and Bernardino DROVETTI.
Voyage a l'Oasis de Thèbes et dans les déserts situés a l'orient et a l'occident de la Thébaïde, fait pendant les années 1815, 1816, 1817 et 1818.



Paris, Royal press, 1821. With 24 numbered engraved plates, including 2 engraved maps (1 folding), 1 plate coloured by hand and 1 double-page. [2 blank], XVII, [1], 120; [12], 28 pp.

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With: (2) CAILLIAUD, Frédéric and Bernardino DROVETTI. Voyage a l'Oasis de Syouah … pendant leurs voyages dans cette oasis, en 1819 et en 1820.
Paris, Rignoux, 1823. With 20 numbered plates (1 engraved map and 19 lithographed plates). 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. Contemporary green goatskin morocco, richly gold-tooled spine, chemical-marbled sides, marbled edges.

Ad 1: first edition of the account of Cailliaud's travels in the Oasis of Thebes and his expedition to locate the ancient emerald mines of the Red Sea coast. Together with an account of Drovetti's discovery of the Oasis of Dakel. The plates include a map of the Eastern Desert ("Déserts fréquentés par les Arabes A'babdeh") and plans and beautiful views of antiquities discovered.
The French mineralogist and explorer Frédéric Cailliaud (1787-1879) went to Alexandria in 1815 to study Arabic, where he established a friendship with Napoleon's Proconsul in Egypt, Bernardino Drovetti (1776-1852), who became a noted Egyptologist in his spare time. Drovetti introduced Cailliaud to Muhammad Ali of Egypt, who eventually made him the official mineralogist for the Egyptian government and who employed him on an exploratory geological expedition up the Nile, in particular to locate the ancient emerald mines of the Red Sea coast, which had been exploited during the government of the Ptolemies. He located the mines on Gebel Zabara, exhausted and no longer commercially viable.
Interestingly the paper is specially made for the present work and watermarked with its title "VOYAGE A LOASIS".
Ad 2: after Cailliaud returned to Paris in 1819 he went back to Egypt on an official mission to continue the exploration of Egypt and its monuments in areas where Napoleon's scholars had been unable to penetrate. He set out on a journey to the oasis of Siwa, where he studied the temple of Umm al-Ibeida. Afterwards he joined up with Drovetti, who was part of the Hasan Bey expedition, a military expedition to get control over the inhabitants of Siwa. The plates include a map of the Siwa Desert and plans and beautiful views of antiquities discovered.
The journals and notes of Cailliaud and Drovetti were edited and published by Edme-François Jomard, the keeper of the geographical collection of the Imperial Library, and a member of the scientific commission that accompanied Napoleon's Egyptian expedition.
Some foxing, but otherwise in very good condition. Binding also very good.
Howgego, 1800-1850, C1; ad 1: Blackmer 268; cf. Gay 1967 (1822 ed.); Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 113 (1822 ed.); not in Atabey; ad 2: Gay 2515;
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